Drugs of Abuse/Toxicology

News on diagnostic systems for drugs of abuse and toxicology.

BD and the FDA said that a chemical called thiuram found in certain BD blood collection tubes may render results from Magellan's LeadCare blood lead tests inaccurate.

The MyCare Total Risperidone Assay Kit and MyCare Paliperidone Assay Kit can help guide physicians in their decision-making process by providing objective evidence of medication levels.

The study, from researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, indicates that commercial fentanyl tests can be used to screen for new designer fentanyl products.

The guidelines are the first to attempt to specify which drugs are appropriate to test for routinely, guideline authors say.

Qualitative testing offers more specificity and sensitivity than current frontline immunoassay-based testing, the group said in its guidelines.